Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Sid! It’s great to be here!
Hey, everyone, my name is Cody Kennedy and I’ll be Sid’s guest blogger on the 17th of each month. To kick off my first post, here’s my official bio.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as, “If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from?” When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
It’s all true. Every.Last.Word. Someone asked me recently if I was really born in Hollywood. I answered that I was. They didn’t believe me. Why? I have no idea. I can assure that I was, and was raised by my grandfather who did look like Yoda. Frightening resemblance. Truly frightening. He was a great guy, a prolific author, and some of his novels were turned into films. When I was young, I had the luxury (sometimes not) of being on sets or locations during principal photography.
The reason I say ‘sometimes not’ is that the days are long (fourteen to eighteen hours) and you’re often sitting around waiting for the next shot to be set up and that can take HOURS. Once set up, yo
u sit through take after take while the cast practices, then many more times while the director shoots it from every single angle imaginable, and then re-shoots the same scene many times more because the focus puller screwed up, or the lighting was off, or the boom (giant microphone on a pole) veered into the frame. In other words, it’s grueling, boring as an observer, and as a kid I had a hard time sitting still and being quiet while this went on. What was fun? Between takes, I had a blast with the cast and crew.
Thanks to my grandfather, I began writing at the age of seven and haven’t stopped since. I write contemporary romantic fiction for gay young adults and most of my stories center on recovery from bullying or abuse. Two elements that you will always find in my stories are hope and a happily ever after.
I have also written a screenplay or two and given my background and exposure to the film industry, a secondary theme in my stories is ACTION! Hey, if Matt Damon can be Jason Bourne, and Matthew McConaughey can be Dirk Pitt, and the next hottest Hollywood golden boy can be Batman or James Bond, why can’t the characters in my stories be live-action heroes?
In my best-selling novel, Omorphi, Michael will go to any lengths to protect his boyfriend, Christy. This includes everything from a fistfight at school, to dodging bullets, to scaling fences topped with concertina wire in a single bound. Okay, maybe two. Michael protects Christy from the vicious bullies at school, saves him from a homophobic and homicidal teammate, saves him from the leaping flames of a Molotov cocktail, and rescues him from the evil clutches of a past abuser who kidnaps him with the intention of returning him to a life of slavery. Whew! Broke a sweat just writing that paragraph.
That’s me and my stories in a nutshell. Stay tuned for next month’s blog post and don’t be shy. Leave questions below and I’ll be happy to answer them in my next post. Boxers or briefs? Don’t get cheeky.
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Available from: Harmony Ink Press
Όμορφη. Ómorphi. Greek. Meaning pretty
Pretty. adj. /pritē/ Pleasing by delicacy or grace
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy’s boyfriend would entail.
Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy’s combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together. Read an excerpt of Omorphi
Available from: Harmony Ink Press
Caleb had one mission in life.
To keep his boyfriend safe.
They met at ten, kissed at twelve, and were madly in love by eighteen. Caleb Deering is the captain of the swim team and the hottest senior in school. He comes from a loving home with a kind father and a caring, but strict, mother who is battling breast cancer. Nico Caro is small and beautiful, and has a father who rules with an iron fist—literally. One morning Caleb forgets himself, and he pecks Nico on the lips at school. A teacher sees them and tattles to the Headmaster. The accidental outing at school might be the least of their problems, because the ball set in motion by the school’s calls to their parents could get Nico killed. In the face of that very real danger, Caleb knows he has only one mission in life: to keep Nico safe. Read an excerpt of Safe.
Other posts by Cody or about Cody’s books on Sid Love’s Blog:
Cody Kennedy on Writing and Attention Deficit Disorder
Film Adaptations: The Bane of Every Readers Existence
Omorphi’s Blog Tour
Safe’s Blog Tour
Elizabetta’s Review of Omorphi